Wow! At 55 and 61 this couple is discovering the world together
And their journey has only just begun!
Love can be an empowering journey of self-awareness and who better to share this than a couple who's experienced it all. This Mumbai-based couple met each other a friend's wedding and soon enough fell in love.
A few years down the line they got married and soon enough became parents. But with this gift of parenthood came the responsibility of caring for their babies and that meant sacrifice.
For many years they worked hard to raise their kids and once they were settled this couple decided to try something adventurous, which by their own admission has changed their lives. Featured on the popular Humans of Bombay page, this couple shows why age is just a number and love is a journey of self-awareness.
Love story 1982
“We first met 39 years ago at a wedding. The girl was my best friend and the boy was his relative, but we’d never met before. During that wedding we became really good friends and continued to meet pretty much everyday after. I don’t know at what point our friendship became love…or maybe it always was love but there was never really a need for him to ask me to date him — we were already madly in love," she begins adding that it was only a matter of time till they were hitched.
"We were both working and at that time there were no cellphones — so we had one designated bus stop or a particular spot at the train station where the person who got done with work first would wait for the other. From writing long letters to each other to sipping on hot tea in the rain…our old school romance was innocent but so pure. The best part of our relationship was that we never needed to use words to understand each other — even about our marriage. He didn’t need to ask me to marry him…the question was never ‘will you?’ The question was ‘when should we?’" she shares.
Soon enough, the couple was married and their love story officially began.
Marriage on the cards
"We got married in 1982 and started building our life from scratch. We moved out on our own and were financially independent from day1. We were both working around the clock to pay the bills and make ends meet. It was during this period of struggle that we realised that the one thing that kept us going was our relationship. When the hours were long and work was demanding the thought of my wife waiting at home for dinner is what pushed me," he says about his motivating wife.
"She pushed me to work harder, to be a better version of myself and the life we have right now has been created by both of us together. From wanting to educate our children at the best of schools to moving to bigger spaces we’ve achieved everything together," he shared.
Soon after the couple decided to quit their jobs and start their own business. Of course, similar synergies helped.
"In 1999, we both began to discuss the prospect of starting a business but neither of us were sure of taking the risk of quitting a well paying job. Over time, I realised just how passionate she was about running a business so I encouraged her to quit and told her not to worry about the finances. That was the best decision because over the next 6 years she grew our Logistics business idea from strength to strength and eventually in 2005 I left my job and we both worked on our business together!," he shared.
A new life beckoned
The couple share that their "lives became comfortable from there." With their children being well settled they had the freedom to travel a lot more.
"We were taking 2 or 3 trips a year, but we wanted to spend more time together. It was around this time that we stumbled upon a post on Facebook about a couple who travelled by car from Bangalore to Paris in 111 days and we fell in love with the idea! We immediately started planning our trip and within a few weeks we had mapped out our route from Bombay to London and back — a 8 month road trip across 52 countries," they shared.
"We’ve visited places that are so remote and unknown but have so much soul in them, eaten the most delicious local food and met some of the best people on the way. At 55 and 61 we were discovering the world together but by the end of it we rediscovered ourselves and our entire relationship. From re- visiting old memories to fighting like children our dash cam has seen it all," the much-in-love couple shared adding that there was just one thing that helped them do all of this!
Secret of their long-standing togetherness
"Honestly we’ve felt a rollercoaster of emotions during this trip but the one emotion that stayed is love. In the little things he did — putting my comfort above his, making sure that I eat well and bundling me up with that extra blanket when it got cold. Isn’t that what it’s about? Not so much about the destination but the little things, the journey there and knowing that you have someone to unconditionally share it all with,” she shared.
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